THE CYCLES APPROACH
Teaching your owlet how to speak with intelligible speech is done via the Cycles Approach. Pioneered by Dr. Barbara Williams Hodson PhD, this method follows an evidence based best practice protocol for making your child's speech understood by others. The cycles approach is used for children diagnosed with a phonological processing disorder.
First, we start by exploring what sounds your owlet can easily speak.
Then we take an inventory of phonological patterns that need facilitation and develop goals. A common phonological pattern that needs facilitation is termed "cluster reduction". This is heard when a child says "tar" or "sar" for the word star.
Next, we target 1 phonological pattern every week using four selected words. To help with auditory processing, we use auditory bombardment activities along with toys and games, and parts of the treehouse that relate to the phonological patterns we are treating.
As your owlet gets used to repeating the phonological pattern during the week, we start a new pattern the following week until all patterns have been addressed, then the cycle of patterns starts over again until speech becomes intelligible.
Phonological awareness skills are built in to the Cycles Approach where your owlet will learn to recognize letter sounds, rhyme, blend sounds into words, recognize beginning sounds, and manipulate sounds within words sounds to enhance auditory awareness and preliteracy skills in preparation for kindergarten readiness.
SPEECH-LANGUAGE & FEEDING DISORDERS THAT WE TREAT
PEDIATRIC SPEECH THERAPY
LOOK WHOOO'S TALKING
I facilitate early communication skills by:
Teaching children to imitate gestures and sounds through music and play.
Teaching children learn to pronounce sounds so that they become intelligible
Teaching children learn to use words and /or signs and other means to communicate
Teaching children to put 2 or more words together to form phrases and sentences.
PEDIATRIC FEEDING THERAPY
LOOK WHOOO'S EATING
I show owlets how to enjoy food by:
Transitioning babies from liquids to solids, bottles to cups, g-tubes to oral feedings.
Inspiring “picky eaters’ to become “adventurous eaters” by increasing their range and volume of foods.
Desensitizing children with texture aversions to accept more foods.
Helping children with low muscle tone and/or poor motor planning to eat age-appropriate food.
Break children from ridged, self-imposed restricted diets to increase their food selections.
LOOK WHOOO'S BEING SAFE AND HEALTHY
In response to COVID-19 all of my services are available virtually to help ensure that you and your owlet stay happy, healthy, and safe while working on their development.